• Conversation with a failed trader

    Today I met a chap who is a failed trader. This was a rare opportunity. I had known him for about 3 months just fromRead More

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    Conversation with a failed trader
  • The loser’s game

    The news has been out from August 2018 that the European Securities and Management Agency (ESMA) has compelled all brokers (subject to its jurisdiction) toRead More

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    The loser’s game
  • Bitcoin: Investor, trader, gambler or idiot?

    In the last few months we’ve received inquiries from several about Bitcoin and various similar things, often referred to as cryptocurrencies. In essence many ofRead More

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    Bitcoin: Investor, trader, gambler or idiot?
  • Microtrends and risk aversion

    Many a trader will have looked at the same chart (say AUDUSD) at different times (let’s say 4 hours apart), and had doubts or anRead More

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    Microtrends and risk aversion
  • So did you get it right?

    Did you get it right? This is an important question for new and seasoned traders to think about – but there is a problem withRead More

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    So did you get it right?
  • New traders conned

    This morning I receive yet another email from somebody selling a system for beating the markets, subject to terms and conditions. It’s some software thatRead More

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    New traders conned
  • This is worth your next million

    Lots of new traders are looking for a magic solution to make money. They come into trading as a sort of flirtation – to seeRead More

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    This is worth your next million
  • Sterling causes excitement

    Those who were watching Pound Sterling, would have seen some excitement recently. The Prime Minister, Theresa May, called a snap election on 8th June 2017.Read More

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    Sterling causes excitement
  • Mission Impossible – early notice.

    What if there was a way to take money out of the markets (legally of course) without  having to figure anything?! That must be theRead More

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    Mission Impossible – early notice.
  • Nerves of steel – like Formula 1 racing.

    Many new traders are unaware that they actually need nerves of steel. Some will argue that ‘nerves’ are not part of the equation – ifRead More

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    Nerves of steel  – like Formula 1 racing.
  • Dreamers exploited

    The more I look around the net on trading courses, the more I come to think that there is a big scam going on. SomeRead More

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    Dreamers exploited
  • Tools – not fools!

    The tools referred to here are ‘physical’ things – as against ‘psychological’. This is about some of the stuff that could be of use inRead More

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    Tools – not fools!

A resource for new and seasoned financial traders who are serious about developing their skills.

Conversation with a failed trader

Today I met a chap who is a failed trader. This was a rare opportunity. I had known him for about 3 months just from the odd conversation here and there. I knew that he had an interest in ‘stock markets’ and had some knowledge about CFDs. But it was strange how we ended up talking about his deeper interests in a kitchen! The important part of this conversation was that he regularly bought shares.Read More

Enquiry from a new trader

A new trader (who will remain anonymous) has contacted us to ask for some help. I’ll deal with each point, as it is of value to other new traders but largely for my own reflection. This is what we do, and we do this stuff for free and no obligation – ever! Note that I (or we) am/are as brutal as the markets will be. I (or we) am/are not here to encourage or facilitateRead More

Time – friend or foe?

Several times over the last year, I’ve had conversations with others about finding new or different ways of making money. Invariably the limitation of time availability comes up i.e. time to learn new skills, gain new knowledge etc. Some of those people were interested in learning about investing or trading (which are different concepts) – but just can’t find the time. Some thought they needed to go on a course or some special training –Read More

The loser’s game

The news has been out from August 2018 that the European Securities and Management Agency (ESMA) has compelled all brokers (subject to its jurisdiction) to reveal their statistics on the percentages of losing trader accounts. See informative article headed, “ESMA Regulations Reveal: Where CFDs Traders Lose the Most“. The reported percentage of losing accounts ranged between 63.7% and 86%, with an average of 76.3%. Previous estimates of 90% of losing accounts weren’t that far off the mark.Read More

Bitcoin: Investor, trader, gambler or idiot?

In the last few months we’ve received inquiries from several about Bitcoin and various similar things, often referred to as cryptocurrencies. In essence many of these folk are the ones who missed out on making millions by not buying a few Bitcoin when it was dirt cheap. Now, they don’t want to make the same mistake so are looking around for a second chance. You can’t blame them of course – if the missed opportunityRead More

Is Parabolic Mayhem ahead?

On Tradingview I’ve put up a Vlog about this which is embedded below. I say what I see. I’m focusing on the form of movements of the US30 compared with the correction on the parabolic Bitcoin. The evidence is there, which I think everybody can see. Just to be clear nothing in this post is a prediction or recommendation. See our SYP disclaimer. The following vlog is downloadable or viewable in larger format on Tradingview.Read More

Courses, horses – or the mind?

If you’re reading this looking just for the best course to attend, you may be disappointed. I go deeper than the simple issue of ‘which courses‘ or ‘what course is best’. Introduction I’m sharing a summary of my experiences over the last 4 years, so that others can see something more about ‘courses’ – and what courses can never give you. I am nobody known or big in the trading world. I do not offerRead More

The natural bias of price direction

This is about looking at candles or price and the mind noticing that price is going in a particular direction. So a trader comes to think naturally that ‘it’s going south’ or ‘it’s going north’. Taking a position on this sort of observation often turns out to be wrong. All that matters is where the visible trend is going. Why? Because price may move south in a trend heading north. The bias created by observationRead More

Extreme volatility

Whilst volatility is necessary in trading there are issues with extreme volatility that traders need to consider. The clickable chart below shows one example of extreme volatility with Copper (CUUUSD). The size of a reasonable stop-loss which is related strongly to account size, is a limiting factor. If your account is say £2000 how much of a hit can you take in one trade like this? Not much. You’d be depending on luck to jumpRead More

Disentangling currency pairs

Many a new trader will find listen to the news about which currency is doing well or badly. For example the news might say that the US Dollar strengthened, or something like that. Most of these news reports do not say how they know what they are reporting. Traders would normally be setting their brains against currency pairs e.g. USDJPY, or GBPUSD and so on. This is a ratio of one currency to the other.Read More